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Commerce with the UniverseAfrica, India, and the Afrasian Imagination$
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Gaurav Desai

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231164542

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231164542.001.0001

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Ocean and Narration

Ocean and Narration

(p.1) 1. Ocean and Narration
Commerce with the Universe

Gaurav Desai

Columbia University Press

This chapter provides an overview of the book's main themes. This book attempts to provide an expansive understanding of African territories and identities, drawing its inspiration from the work of scholars who have increasingly focused on Indian Ocean histories and Africa's connections with them. In particular, one of the projects of this book is to ask: What happens to our understanding of Africa—its history, its sense of identity, its engagement with modernity, and the possibilities of its future—if we read its long history as an encounter not only with the West, but also with the East? While asking the question of what Africanists might gain from an eastward glance, the book is also interested in what scholars of the Indian Ocean gain by placing Africa more centrally in their accounts.

Keywords:   Africa, African history, Indian Ocean, East, West, Africanists

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